After winning it all, the Cubs are off to a surprisingly bad start. The division race is very tight, and the Cubs are hanging right around the .500 win percentage mark. Regardless of record, they just don’t look like the same Juggernaut that they were last season. Frankly, there are a lot of factors that are contributing to their sluggish start, but the main problem is the terrible hitting by a few of their studs. When John Lackey has a better batting average than Rizzo, you know there’s a major problem.
Anthony Rizzo is simply terrible so far this season. His batting average is sitting in the low .200s and he’s just not making contact. On the plus side, this will soon turn around for him. He’s still getting on pace at a good clip, so we know that he is seeing the ball well. We have every reason to expect a big second half from Rizz, so there’s no need for concern.
On the flip side, we have Willson Contreras, who is also sitting in the same average range as Rizzo. Unlike Rizzo, Contreras is not getting on base at a good clip, and with his strikeout problems, he may not turn it around much. Expect him to get his average up a bit, but it’s very unlikely that his average tops .260 this season.